Apple is reported to be ready to start production of the forthcoming iPhone 8 in a bid to avoid the kinds of shortages that typically greet the early rush for new Apple products.
That's according to MacRumours, reporting on claims by BlueFin Search Partners, which suggests Apple is planning to ramp up production for its next-generation iPhone ahead of schedule, with plans to start building the devices as early as June before its customary September launch date.
"The most intriguing data points that we have uncovered suggests that Apple is ramping the next generation iPhones earlier than historical norms, although we have no indication that there has been any change in release plans for the iPhone 8/X," BlueFin's financial analysts wrote, hinting that the Apple's 10th anniversary smartphone could arrive as the iPhone X, rather than the iPhone 8.
"Builds have been pulled in a few months while aggregate next generation forecasts have increased 10 per cent from last month to 122 million. Additionally, Apple has adjusted iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and SE production downward in preparation for the next generation launch."
The analysts also add that overall quarter builds for this year have increased from 45 to 48 million compared to last June.
This doesn't mean that you'll be able to get your hands on an iPhone 8 any earlier than usual, though. Instead, it looks like Apple is kicking off production earlier to ensure it has more handsets available when then expected September release date rolls around, to ensure it doesn't face the same shortages seen by last year's Jet Black iPhones. It also gives Apple plenty of time to check that the iPhone 8 is safe.
The iPhone 8, or "X", is expected to be a major overhaul, too, with rumours pointing to a new ‘all-glass' design and three different models, including a new "Pro" version that's tipped to feature a wraparound display.
There's also talk that the next iPhone will be the first to feature OLED screen technology, a display-integrated Touch ID sensor, iris scanning functionality and baked-in wireless charging support.
And with the 10th anniversary of the device, Apple is presumably expecting an even bigger than usual rush for the device.
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